The 2013 Farm Progress Show is officially in the books. That means harvest time is nearing for Illinois farmers. Finally.
Though there were no harvest or tillage demos this year, attendance was strong all three days. Tiling demos drew significant interest as crews tied laterals into a mainline.
Perhaps the biggest talk of the 2013 show was the weather. After two and a half months of cool summer weather, Mother Nature turned up the heat about a week before the show started.
On Tuesday and Wednesday of the show, temperatures routinely topped 95 degrees F. Thursday started cool, but worked its way up to the 90s before the day was done.
Of course, the cool summer meant the harvest demo corn wasn't ready in time. Despite the setback, this year's demo corn was some of the best our host farmers have ever grown.
One host farmer said the yield monitor was hitting 190+ bushels on a consistent basis. Another said the average, dry yield was 176 bushels. Not bad for hybrids that are better-suited for Wisconsin weather.
If you missed this year's show, here's what you missed. Prairie Farmer's Holly Spangler deserves credit for this batch of photos. Browse through them and you can see why she's our official show photographer.
Next year, we'll be back in Boone, Iowa. The show runs Aug. 26-28.
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